The TRC Co-Project Initiative engages North American grasstops community resilience leaders in collaborative project (“co-project”) strategizing and participatory budgeting of a virtual funding pool co-funded by multiple donors.
Our goal is optimizing collective wisdom and impact by inviting respected peers’ participation in a Roundtable co-thinking forum and a Council co-funding process. The Roundtable is open to the TRCC Community and its wider network of friends and allies. Community members can submit Requests for Proposals (RFP) nominations that fit the guidelines as input to the Council. The Council is the peer decision-making body: a trusted group of representative activist-funder voices. The Council selects RFPs from nominations in January, reviews proposals in May, and makes grant recommendations to the funding pool donors in August.
The Co-Project Initiative prototypes a new paradigm for movement strategy and philanthropy, in which conventional barriers between funders and activists, and the power structures those barriers represent, are broken down. It also promotes cross-cultural multi-sector “rainbow” alliances by nurturing multi-stakeholder relationships and collaboration. The Initiative is hosted by the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC) and sponsored by the Threshold Foundation’s Thriving Resilient Communities Funding Circle (TRCF) and others. See TRC Co-Project Initiative 2015 for our pilot year report.
In 2016, the Initiative prioritizes regional depth in the SFBay and breadth in New England. Two projects are ReInvest Network donor-investor efforts to develop a democratically governed financial cooperative and a coordinated campaign to move divested funds to just transition initiatives through non-extractive financial vehicles.
For more information about joining the Peer Review, making a funding offer to the virtual pool, or volunteering expertise or mentoring for co-project organizations, please contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org.